The Academy By DivaBee
Meet Our Teachers
Jalyn Courtenay Webb
True West Award (Audience Favorite): Best Supporting Actress, Les Miserables
Di Smice Award – Favorite Faculty Member 2018, UNC Department of Theatre and Dance
The Academy by Divabee is a place where kids of all ages can learn about performance, music, dance, acting, and most importantly- kindness. We seek to create a space of positivity, inclusivity and friendship.
Jalyn has her B.A from the University of Northern Colorado, and postgraduate studies in Music Education. She was a teacher at Traut Core Knowledge ( formerly Washington Core ) and created lesson plans that were selected to be presented at the National Core Knowledge Convention. She currently is on the faculty at UNC and teaches in the Music Theatre Department.
Jill Van Orden
Director of Elementary Programs
Resident Music Director
Lincoln Brandt is a student studying Music Education at CSU with a focus on singing. He grew up participating in shows and musicals with the Academy and the Arts Reach Center. He began teaching students with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2020, and has been teaching and directing music at the Academy ever since.
Lincoln is at home in front of students, taking every opportunity to help students learn all there is to know and love about music, whether it’s an interesting chord sequence, a quick lesson in music history, or finding new connections within a song or a whole musical. He works to create a team mentality in casts he works with, and wants every student to have fun learning music with each other. He’s looking forward to teaching the Little Mermaid, a show he performed in while at Fort Collins High School in 2019.
Lincoln also offers private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, AND music theory!
$30 per half hour
$50 per hour
Amanda High School Camp Director
Director of Middle & High School Programs
Amanda has a BFA in Musical Theater and is so honored to be an instructor at the Academy by Divabee! She grew up right here in Fort Collins, taking dance and theatre classes at the original Colorado Academy of the Arts. She has performed professionally in Utah, Colorado, Montana, and New York City. The most rewarding part of teaching is seeing a new skill “click” into place – whether it’s a new dance move, mix/belt placement, confidence & stage presence, or leadership skills throughout the rehearsal process.
Amanda has a two year old son who keeps her very busy when she’s not teaching classes, and who sometimes makes a guest appearance as her (very helpful) teaching assistant. Amanda also works as a portrait photographer with her small business, The Tiny Studio.
Meg 4th-8th Grade Camp Director
Emily 4th-8th Grade Camp Director
Nic High School Camp Director
Nic Rhodes has been performing since they were three years old and plans to never stop. They grew up as a student of the Academy when it was using the Midtown Arts Center space and has evolved into a teaching role. They’ve proudly worked on Matilda, Peter Pan, and Cats and are so stoked to have another directing and choreographing opportunity with Divabee under their belt. Recently having graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a BFA in Music Theatre, they now reside at the Candlelight as box office extraordinaire.
Tiana Rehearsal Stage Manager
Tiana Fuentes is a 4th year at CSU pursuing a double major in Theatre Performance and Business Marketing. She has been teaching in theater camps in and around Fort Collins for a few years. She’s also directed children’s productions such as Willy Wonka and 101 Dalmatians! Some of her past performance credits include Mrs. White in Clue (RMHS), Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Arts Reach Center), and #8 in The Wolves (CSU). Tiana has been assisting Jill Van Orden in Storybook Theater and fall classes for about 4 years. She loves kids and finds great joy in sharing her passion for theater with the younger generation.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
-All State and County mandates will be followed.
-Social-distancing as necessary
-Strict Adherence to staying home if you do not feel well at all - this is SUPER important!
-Regular cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day
What should students bring to class?
-Appropriate shoes - dance shoes or clean close-toed shoes you can move in. We have a dance floor that REQUIRES new, soft-soled shoes. Outdoor shoes cannot be worn!
-Any materials that your teacher may give you (always a good idea to have a binder or folder for papers)
-a good attitude!
How do I register for camps and classes?
If you are a new student, please create an account here.
Specific registration information can be found on the 'Our Classes' page or at the top of this page.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to cancel your registration.
10-week or semester classes and productions can be cancelled for account credit for future classes and camps.
Summer camp productions have specific dates for cancelling for a refund with deposit or account credit. Please visit the detailed Summer Camp pages for those dates.